Presentation & poster session at the 2019 CMS Summer meeting // Présentations d’exposés et d’affiches à la réunion d’été 2019 de la SMC



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Dear Students,

Tell us about your research!

CMS Studc invites students (undergraduate and graduate) to present a talk on a topic of their choice at the Student Research Session during the 2019 Canadian Math Society Summer Meeting in Regina, SK (June. 7-10). The presentation should introduce the student’s research/interest to a general mathematical audience. If requested by the presenter, an experienced mentor will be available to provide feedback on the talk. To apply for the session, contact the organizers with a draft abstract by May 1.

Abstracts submitted after this deadline will be considered if space remains.

Presenters will have to register for the meeting. Student members of the CMS have reduced registration costs. If you are not currently a member of the CMS, talk to your department chair about the possibility of becoming a university-sponsored student member for a reduced fee!

Would you rather let the math speak for you? Present a poster with a topic of your choice on Saturday, June 8. To register for the poster session, the abstract has to be submitted and registration has to be paid by May 1.All details may be found at click the link to find out more and to read about the Student Social.


Canadian Mathematical Society Student Committee (CMS Studc)


Parlez-nous de votre recherche!
Le comité étudiant de la SMC invite les étudiantes et étudiants (baccalauréat ou cycles supérieurs) à présenter un exposé sur un sujet de leur choix lors de la Session de recherche étudiante durant la Réunion d’été 2019 de la Société mathématique du Canada à Regina, SK, (7-10 juin).
La présentation devrait être adaptée à un public mathématique général. Si demandé, des mentors sont disponibles afin de donner une rétroaction constructive sur l’exposé. Pour soumettre une proposition, il faut contacter l’organisation avec un résumé provisoire d’ici le 1 mai. Les résumés soumis après cette date limite ne seront considérés que si toutes les places n’ont pas été comblées.
Les présentateurs et présentatrices devront s’inscrire pour la réunion; les membres étudiants de la SMC verront leur coût d’inscription significativement réduit. Si vous n’êtes pas un·e membre de la SMC, contactez votre département pour voir avec lui la possibilité de devenir un·e membre sponsorisé·e pour un prix réduit!
Vous préférez laisser vos maths parler? Vous pouvez aussi présenter une affiche sur un sujet de votre choix le samedi 8 juin. Pour vous inscrire à la session de présentation d’affiches, vous devez avoir payé votre inscription et soumis votre résumé avant le 1 mai.
Tous les détails, ainsi que des informations sur les autres activités offertes à la communauté étudiante peuvent être trouvés à
Au plaisir de vous retrouver en forme cet été à Regina!
Le Comité étudiant de la Société mathématique du Canada (StudC SMC)

Science Summer Camp 2019 @ City University of Hong Kong, HKSAR

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Dear Students,

We are pleased to inform you that College of Science, City University of Hong Kong is organizing the first Science Summer Camp in the coming summer. This 5-day programme offers opportunities to prospective applicants of our PhD programmes and to explore the research areas and topics that our students can choose to pursue.

Date: 8-12 July 2019

Highlights of activities: Campus tour, laboratory visits, research seminars, excursion programme, introduction of research degree programmes at CityU, meeting with supervisors, etc.

What we offer to our overseas campers? 

  • Meal vouchers of up to HK$100 per day
  • 5-night on-campus accommodation
  • Travel subsidy of up to HK$3,000 upon successful completion of the 5-day programme

Who can apply?

Students who:

  1. are currently undertaking (in his/her final year of study in 2019/20) or hold a higher degree by research/ Master’s degree/ Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, mathematics, physics and related disciplines;
  2. attained a GPA of at least 3.5 out of 4.0 (or 87.5%)*;
  3. have fulfilled CityU’s English Proficiency Requirement; and
  4. intend to apply for admission to CityU’s PhD programmes in 2020/21.

*special consideration will be given to candidates from countries adopting different scoring scale/systems, e.g. U.K.

How to apply? 

Application deadline: 31 May 2019

Please visit our website ( for more details about how to apply and what to submit.

You can see more details on Science Summer Camp Poster


Ms Erin Ngai

Tel: +852 3442-4567



Look forward to seeing your students in CityU this summer!

RQ Zhang

Associate Dean (Research)

College of Science

City University of Hong Kong


Waterloo Mathematics Undergraduate Research Conference

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Dear Students,

Have you worked on an interesting research project? Are you interested in learning more about research? Do you want to connect with other undergraduates from institutions across southern Ontario and Quebec?

Meet leaders in the mathematical, computer and statistical sciences at the Waterloo Mathematics Undergraduate Research Conference September 27-29. This two-day, free conference is hosted by the Faculty of Mathematics at the University of Waterloo. It’s your chance to:

  • Gain experience showcasing your research
  • Get feedback from your peers and faculty in your area of interest
  • Attend workshops, panels and talks by leading researchers
  • Hear about research and graduate studies from current students

We’ll kick off the event with a dinner and panel hosted by the Faculty of Mathematics HeForShe initiative. Throughout Saturday and Sunday morning you’ll enjoy research talks, panels, theme-based workshops, a poster session and time to network.

If you’re entering your 3rd or 4th year of undergraduate studies and are interested in research in math, statistics or computer science, you don’t want to miss this opportunity to build your CV.

The Waterloo Mathematics Undergraduate Research Conference will propel you into the exciting world of research. Join our mailing list by filling out the short information form so that we can let you know when registration opens in May by visiting

For more details on the event, please see: UW Math Undergrad Conference Poster

“Diversity in Math”: Undergraduate summer school at UBC and SFU


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Dear Students,

Pacific Institute of Mathematical Sciences (PIMS) is hosting “Diversity in Math”, a two-week outreach summer program devoted to enhancing the presence of under-represented groups in STEM fields. All students from Canadian universities are encouraged to apply.

One arm of the program is open to female-identified undergraduate students studying mathematics or a related discipline such as computer science, physics and statistics. The purpose of this program is to introduce the undergraduate participants to a wide variety of mathematics-based professions and careers, within and outside academia. Travel expenses, accommodation and per diem will be provided for all participants.

Mentorship is an important component of the program. Undergraduate participants are expected to interact with senior mathematicians in academia and industry, and also act as mentors for high school students around the lower mainland who are considering a STEM-based career.

Below is some basic information about the program:

Location: UBC & SFU

Dates: July 22nd – August 2nd, 2019


The application process is ongoing. The application deadline has been extended to April 15, 2019. The program poster is also available: 2019 Diversity of Mathematics

Results of Undergraduate Mathematics Competition

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To: Faculty Members and Students
From: Ed Barbeau

The nineteenth annual University of Toronto Undergraduate Mathematics Competition was written on Sunday, March 10. I would like to thank Kathleen Smith for looking after invigilation at Scarborough College and Alfonso Gracia-Saz for reviewing the top papers.
Thirty-eight students wrote the competition.

The contest paper along with the solutions can be found at


Itai Bar-Natan (V Math) and Samuel Li (I Math) tied for first place.

Dmitry Paramonov (IV CSc) placed third.


I Honorable Mention (listed in alphabetical order
Richard Chow (III AppMath)
Jennifer Guo (III EngSci)
Chen Yi (I Math)
Yinjun Zheng (I AppMath)


II Honorable Mention (listed in alphabetical order)

Rafael Aznar (IV Math)
Tal Brenev
Patrick Chatain (I Math)
Qingyuan Chen (III Math-Ec&Fin)
Steven Chow (I EngSci) Kohava Mendelsohn (IV Math)
Yukai Zhong (I MathPhys)

Applications open for faculty and student positions at Perimeter

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Dear Students,

Perimeter is currently accepting applications for our fully-funded Master’s program, as well as faculty positions and fellowships!

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Available Faculty Positions and Fellowships

Last year, Perimeter Institute was voted by its employees as one of the top Canadian workplaces: for its inspiring, healthy, and family-focused environment. If you or anyone you know is looking for a position or student opportunity, we are currently accepting applications for a number of openings. For position details and application deadlines, see individual career postings below:


– Postdoctoral Fellowships: Pioneering the Future of Radio Astronomy:

– Simons Emmy Noether Visiting Fellows Program:

Student Opportunities

– Perimeter Scholars International – Graduate Program

– Undergraduate Summer School – Two weeks (fully-funded)

– Summer Undergraduate Research Internship (paid)

Faculty Positions

– Faculty positions in quantum information science

– Tenure-track assistant professor and associate faculty in theoretical high energy physics – McMaster University and Perimeter Institute

– Visiting Researchers – Sabbatical Program

Past Conferences

Perimeter Institute held 19 scientific conferences in 2018:
See some of the video archives below and don’t miss our upcoming conferences.

– Higher Algebra and Mathematical Physics– Foundations of

-Quantum Mechanics

– Low Energy Challenges for High Energy Physicists 3

– Path to Kilohertz Gravitational-Wave Astronomy

– Asymptotic Safety in a Dark Universe

– Searching for new Particles with Black Hole Superradiance

– Algorithmic Information, Induction and Observers in Physics

– Observers in Quantum and Foil Theories

– Gauge Theory, Geometric Langlands and Vertex Operator Algebras

For more videos visit Perimeter Institute’s Recorded Seminar Archive

Inside the Perimeter

As another year draws to a close, take a look at some of the year’s top news: in Perimeter science, outreach, partnerships, and more.

The latest issue of Inside the Perimeter Magazine:

– Dives into the quandary at the heart of quantum physics, and profiles some recent advances in the field
– Discusses some of the challenges facing women and other minorities in physics, and explores avenues to correct the imbalance
– Brings updates from Perimeter’s Outreach efforts

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It’s All About Math Club Volunteer Hours – a CCR recognized activity

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Dear Students,

The Math Outreach Office at the Department of Mathematics at University of Toronto is focused on mathematics and math education; we strive to improve students’ skills and abilities in math through fun, interactive, and engaging topics and activities. We connect undergraduate and graduate students to various volunteering and paid opportunities which focus around math education, this includes running workshops on-campus for local grade school students, to after-school workshops based on student’s fearful attitudes towards mathematics, and much more.

The Math Outreach office works alongside a student run UTSU recognized club: The It’s All About Math Club. The IAAMC also runs events in partnership with OISE to improve elementary school teacher candidates learning and teaching of math. All volunteer hours done through IAAMC are flexible to fit your schedule, and will be CCR recognized as well. If you are interested in subscribing to our e-mailing list and learning more about all the opportunities we have, please visit our website at or email us at

Best of luck to you in all your studies. We look forward to seeing you around the Math Department, and at our future events and programs!




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U of T jumps three spots to place 12th in world for grad. employability

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The University of Toronto is among the best universities in the world for graduate employability, a new independent study says.

U of T jumped three spots to place 12th in the world in the 2019 QS Graduate Employability Rankings, after jumping four spots in last year’s study, from 19th to 15th. Once again it was the highest-ranked university in Canada.

As well, U of T placed third among North American public universities and eighth among public universities worldwide.

“We are proud to be recognized once again among the top universities for employability,” says U of T President Meric Gertler. “This result reaffirms the excellence of a University of Toronto education, which is highly valued by employers around the world.”

The QS Graduate Employability Rankings cover more than 500 universities in its annual report.

London-based Quacquarelli Symonds Limited uses five weighted criteria in the ranking. The reputation of universities among employers counts for the most in the ranking, and is measured by the QS Employer Survey, with more than 30,000 responses. The other indicators are research collaborations with global companies, an analysis of high-achievers’ alma maters, the number of employers who have an active presence on campus and the graduate employment rate one year after graduation.

The other Canadian universities in the top 100 are the University of Waterloo (25th), the University of British Columbia (38), the University of Alberta (87) and McMaster University (93).

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology claimed the No. 1 spot this year, ahead of last year’s top-rated university, Stanford, and current No. 3, the University of California, Los Angeles.

It’s another strong result for U of T, which is the highest rated university in Canada and among the best public universities in the world in the five most prestigious international rankings: Times Higher Education, the QS World University RankingsShanghai Ranking Consultancy’s Academic Ranking of World Universities, U.S. News Best Global Universities Ranking and the National Taiwan University Ranking.

Project Universal Minds – A CCR Certified Activity

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Join Project: Universal Minds and VOLUNTEER to be a TUTOR for a high school student in the subject of your choice (Math, Science or English)! Commitment is an hour a week and is CCR CERTIFIED! For more info, come by our ASSU office (SS1068) or download the application form at:

Thank you!

Writing Support in FAS

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Dear Students,

1. You can find information about college writing centres at: The teaching approach of the college writing centres is described at:

2. The home page for the website “Writing at the University of Toronto” is You can use the navigation bar or the search function to find the relevant pages.
3. Writing Plus workshop series are described at: A flyer for this series is attached here: Writing Plus

4. Information about the English Language Learning program (ELL) is available at: The following activities can be of particular interest to you:
  • The Communication Cafe, which meets weekly at five different times and locations for the first seven weeks of each term for practice with oral skills like class discussion and presentations
  • Reading eWriting, an online program that helps students engage course readings more effectively.  You can also find further instructional advice files on this site. For more information, please contact the ELL Coordinator Leora Freedman at:

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U of T makes gains on list of universities with best global reputations

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As the University of Toronto’s Class of 2018 prepares to graduate, they can take pride in knowing their degree is from a university with one of the best reputations in the world.

Today, U of T placed 22nd in the world – and first in Canada – in an influential ranking of the world’s top 100 most powerful university brands. That’s two spots higher than last year on the list published by Times Higher Education (THE).

U of T ranked even higher at 11th among the top publicly funded universities in the world, tied with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich).

“This is more wonderful news for all of us at the University of Toronto,” said U of T President Meric Gertler. “It is a remarkable accomplishment once again to be recognized in the top tier of the world’s best public and private universities.

“Our international reputation is built on the efforts of our faculty, staff and students – those efforts propel our world-class performance in teaching and the global impact of our research.”

Three Canadian universities were in the top 50 and all made gains in their placements this year, THE noted in a news release. The University of Toronto was followed by the University of British Columbia at 38 (up from 40) and McGill University at 41 (up from 42).

THE compiles its Top 100 global university brands from a survey of more than 10,000 senior academics around the world.

American universities continue to dominate the list, with 44 institutions in the Top 100. Harvard University is again in the top spot for the eighth consecutive year, followed by MIT and Stanford University.

“What is particularly striking is that the U.S. has actually strengthened its position…despite fears that the U.S. is suffering a ‘Trump slump’ in terms of its global reputation,” said Phil Baty, THE’s editorial director of global rankings, in a news release.

He also noted Chinese universities, which have advanced up the rankings strongly in recent years, appear to be stalling. China’s top universities – Tsinghua University and Peking University – stayed put at 14th and 17th, respectively, while other “stars from mainland China have slipped,” THE said.

“This new data shows just how hard it is for emerging powers to break into the traditional global elite,” Baty said.

In addition, for the first time in seven years, India has cracked the Top 100 with the Indian Institute of Science landing in the 91-100 band.

Overall, the University of Toronto continues to be the highest ranked Canadian university and one of the top ranked public universities in the five most prestigious international rankings: Times Higher Education, QS World Rankings, Shanghai Ranking Consultancy, U.S. News Best Global Universities and National Taiwan University.

U of T researchers win prestigious NSERC awards

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The federal government is honouring two University of Toronto researchers in Ottawa today for their efforts to push the boundaries of human knowledge in the fields of chemistry and mathematics.

University Professor Lewis Kay is receiving the 2018 Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal – the country’s highest honour for science and engineering – for his role in improving nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, the technology used to capture images of proteins within human cells.

Mathematics Professor Joel Kamnitzer is receiving a prestigious E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship to support his work exploring symmetry in mathematics and physics.

Kay, who is appointed to U of T’s departments of chemistry, biochemistry and molecular genetics and is a senior scientist at SickKids hospital, is the first U of T Herzberg winner since 2012 when University Professor Emeritus Stephen Cook was honoured for his work in computer science and mathematics.

Recent U of T Steacie fellowship winners include Associate Professor Raquel Urtasun, Professor Stephen Wright, Professor David Sinton, Professor Leah Cowen, Professor Aaron Wheeler and Professor Wei Yu.

“U of T is proud of the achievements of Professors Kay and Kamnitzer in the pursuit of advancing our understanding of how the natural universe operates, from the beginnings of disease to new advancements in mathematics,” said Vivek Goel, U of T’s vice-president of research and innovation.

“We’re also grateful for the continuing support from the Government of Canada for basic, fundamental research that we know leads to transformational practical applications and that ignites curiosity in future generations.”

The Herzberg award, worth up to $1 million over the next five years, is for Kay’s “truly impressive technical breakthroughs” that allow us to “watch the smallest building blocks of life as they move, change and interact with one another over time,” the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) said in a news release.

His methodologies have had impacts for physicists and mathematicians, and his technologies are used in biochemistry and molecular biology labs around the world, setting the stage for breakthrough discoveries, NSERC said.

Read about Lewis Kay in the Globe and Mail

In the world of mathematics, Kamnitzer’s reputation is growing for his work in representation theory.

“It’s nice to get recognition for my work, especially since people outside of mathematics don’t always understand what we do,” he said.

A typical day for him, he said, can involve hanging out at a local coffee shop and writing out complex mathematical equations in a notebook when his blackboard is not handy, writing papers, teaching or Skyping with colleagues around the globe – think Russia and Japan – who are also pondering the symmetries of objects and their rotations.

For example, picture a sphere floating in the air. It can rotate in any direction, at any angle and in any order. The collection of all these possible rotations is a Lie group.

Lie groups also appear as symmetries of elementary particles, such as electrons and protons. The different particles and their many states come in patterns predicted by representations of Lie groups.

Mathematicians like Kamnitzer are involved in the cutting edge of supersymmetric quantum field theories, which predict surprising relationships between different geometric objects related to Lie groups.

His work seeks to understand these predictions and use them to solve important mathematical problems. It also contributes to finding the correct mathematical framework for theoretical physics.

With his Steacie, Kamnitzer will be able to take a two-year sabbatical to deep dive into his research, as well as use $250,000 in grant money to hire students and postdoctoral researchers, and travel to meet with other leading experts in the field.

Grad School Q&A

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March 26, 2018

Graduate School Application Roundtable Talk


  • These responses are the opinions of the participating panel.
  • These notes from the Information Session, were captured Lilly, an undergraduate student.

Q: How long in advance should we start preparing for grad school applications?

Usually, you should submit applications in before the December deadline of the current year to apply for graduate school that starts September of the following year.

Q: What are the weights on GRE, reference letters, CGPA, personal statement in terms of admission?

  • GRE
  • Not required for Canadian schools (does not matter whether you have it or not)
  • Required for US schools (depending on which school you are applying to. Some schools care more but some schools care less.)


  • Reference letter
  • Important


  • CGPA
  • The most important component
  • Not only the grades matters, but also what courses you took
  • There’s no cut-off grades, but better be grades for important math courses
  • Only math courses will be looked at (doesn’t really matter if you fail a physics class)
  • Usually they would look at the 10 most advanced math courses on your transcript and drop the lowest two


  • Personal statement
  • If you prepare a generic statement then it becomes the least important component
  • Shouldn’t be more than 1 page unless there are stories that are very interesting
  • Make sure there’s no spelling or other grammatical mistakes
  • Becomes very relevant when there’s something special about your story (e.g. had 5 years gap during undergrad; already had a PHD in physics and now want to do another PHD in math, etc…)
  • Very important if the school you are applying to allows the future supervisor to make the decision

Q: How useful would doing research be in terms of applying for grad school?

It is a plus, but not a necessary thing. Math is a very specialized discipline, so it is very rare to see undergrads doing serious research. But if you can win the USRA award, then definitely include it in your application.


Q: How does one find research opportunities in undergraduate?

Walk around the department, knock on doors, ask professors, “Do you have a summer project?” or “Could you supervise me in a reading course?” Usually it is comparatively difficult to become engaged in research opportunities in the Department of Mathematics. You should take the time to review the research interest of the professor that you would like to work with.  You may also have conversations with your professors after class, and talk about interesting questions related to the course material and introduce interesting topics that you would want to explore further.


Q: How useful would math competitions be in terms of applying for grad school?

Similar to research, it is a plus, but not a necessary thing. They are looking for your strengths, not a fulfilling a check list. It’s fine for not having research or competitions results.


Q: Is it encouraged to do PHD at another school?

It is recommended because by doing so you will be seeing other perspectives, learning more cultures etc. However, if you have a good personal reason to stay here (e.g. because your families are here etc.), it is also good to stay.


Q: Should we apply for master first or apply for Ph D directly?

  • In US: apply for the Ph D directly
  • In Canada: usually you should apply for masters first, and when you get admitted, you will also be admitted to the Ph D program automatically (conditional offer)

Some countries offer 3 years Ph D programs (e.g. some universities in UK), but there are also some countries that offer 1 year master + 5 years PHD programs.

  • the longer may be the better
  • when applying for post doc, what matters is not how long you’ve been studying math since elementary school, but how many years you have studied since PHD. So you may have some disadvantages by taking the “fast lane”


Q: About applying for grad school and stating a particular professor that you would like to work with?

Make sure that the prof you are aiming for is actually working there. Sometimes their names may be listed as faculty members, but they are not actually permanently employed at that institution.


Q: If I want to do grad school for applied math (e.g. finance or physics). During undergrad, should I take more applied courses or should I take more pure math courses?

For most applied programs, the process of admission could be very different comparing to math programs. For some applied programs, you may even need to contact your potential supervisor because quite often the decision is made by them.


Q: Are there any advantages for taking most advanced math course (e.g. MAT157, 257, 357)?

Specialists have many advantages comparing to math majors. In the reference letters details are usually provided about the content of the courses as it is here that the applicant’s university will learn of the strength of the applicant.


Q: Does a 4th year statistic student still have chance to get into grad school for math?

What’s important is which courses you have taken. As long as you have all the necessary courses (algebra, analysis, topology), then it is possible.


Q: What are the necessary courses?

MAT327H1    Introduction to Topology

MAT347Y1    Groups, Rings and Fields

MAT354H1    Complex Analysis I

MAT357H1    Foundations of Real Analysis

MAT457H1    Advanced Real Analysis I

APM421H1    Mathematical Foundations of Quantum Mechanics


Q: How to explore interests?

  • Take courses
  • Talk to professors and students
  • Be involved

It is actually harmful to decide too early, which field of mathematics you want to study. If you decide too early, you are sort of preventing yourself from exploring your true self.


Be ready to get rejection letters and do not be too offended when you get a few rejection letters.